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25 Best Things To Do In Dingle, Ireland (For 2024)

Dingle in Ireland is a small port town in Dingle Peninsula, about 4 hours away from Dublin. It is one of the scenic stops in Ring of Kerry along with Kenmare and Killarney. Dingle is known for its rugged scenery, trails, and sandy beaches.

READ MORE: Best Hotels In Dingle.

If you are interested to visit this charming port town, here are the 25 best things to do in Dingle, Ireland.

Best Things to do in Dingle Ireland (For 2024)

Taking a scenic road trip is one of the best activities in Dingle


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1. Slea Head Drive

Slea Head Drive

The 46-km Slea Head Drive from Dingle in Ireland is one of the best and most spectacular driving routes in Ireland.

It’s part of Wild Atlantic Way route which is considered one of the most scenic road trip routes in the world.

The route consists of breathtaking views of the coastline, offshore islands, and cliff-top roads. It is one of the most popular activities in Dingle.

2. Dingle Peninsula

If scenic drives, stunning coastal scenery, and a visit to one of Ireland’s most colorful towns sound interesting to you, renting a car and driving to the Peninsula is a must on a visit to Ireland! It is also one of the best day trips from Cork City.

3. Take a drive to Connor Pass

Connor Pass is one of the highest Irish mountain passes served by an asphalted road and this 456-meter high pass connects Dingle to the south-western end of the Dingle Peninsula.

The drive to Connor Pass is scenic with rolling hills and corrie lakes in sight.

Eating your heart out in this foodie town is one of the best things to do in Dingle


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4. Feast on some amazing seafood

Dingle is not a port town for nothing if you can’t enjoy the fresh seafood in town.

Go ahead and check out the best seafood restaurants in town: Out of the Blue Seafood, Doyle’s Seafood Restaurant and Ashe’s Bar & Restaurant are just among the best places to eat in Dingle.

Opening Hours  (Out of the Blue Seafood)

Mon-Sat -5pm- 9:30 pm

Sun -12:30 pm- 3pm

Contact Information

Address: Waterside, Dingle, Co. Kerry, Ireland

Phone:  +353 66 915 0811


Opening Hours ( Doyle’s Seafood Restaurant)

Mon-Sat -5pm- 9:30 pm

Sunday-5pm-7:30 pm

Contact Information

Address: 4 John St, Dingle, Co. Kerry, V92 K039, Ireland

Phone: +353 66 915 2674

Opening Hours (Ashe’s Bar & Restaurant)

Mon – Sunday

10:30 am-9:30 pm

Contact Information

Address: Main St, Grove, Dingle, Co. Kerry, Ireland

Phone: +353 66 915 0989


5. Eat the best ice cream in Ireland

This little town boasts the best ice cream in Ireland. Murphy’s Ice Cream is an artisan ice cream company.

They make ice cream the old-fashioned way by breaking each egg by hand and only make ice cream in small, artisan batches.

Opening Hours

Mon-Sun- 11 am-10:00 pm

Contact Information

Address: Strand Street, Dingle, Co. Kerry

Phone: 353 66 915 2644

6. Enjoy a delicious breakfast in Pantri Cafe

A family-run restaurant, Pantri Cafe serves delicious breakfast meals and vegan-friendly options as well.

If you want to start your day right, start your day at this cafe and you’ll know what I’m talking about.

Opening Hours

Mon-Sun – 10 am- 4pm

Contact information

Address: Lower Main Street, Grove, Dingle, Co. Kerry, Ireland

Phone: +353 86 103 2399

7. Attend the Dingle Food Festival

The Dingle Food Festival is the biggest food festival in the County of Kerry and one of the most popular food festivals in Ireland.

It takes place on the first weekend in October every year and it highlights cookery demonstrations, workshops, entertainment for adults and kids and the over 50 market stalls that participate yearly.

Opening Hours

Friday – Saturday 10 am – 6 pm,

Sunday 10 am – 3 pm

Contact Information

Address: Main St, Grove, Dingle, Co. Kerry, Ireland


Check out the nightlife and pubs is one of the best things to do in Dingle at night

John Benny's Pub Dingle

8. Join a pub crawl

Ireland is well-known for its quality beers. So it is not surprising that one of the most recommended things to do in Ireland is to hit the pub and try out the Irish beers.

There are over 30 unique pubs in Dingle that you can go to and the best way to visit most of them is to join a pub crawl.

9. Take a tour of the Dingle Whiskey Distillery

If you want to learn how whiskey and other drinks are being processed, Dingle Distillery offers a tour for visitors. It costs €15 per adult and booking is essential.

To book, you can either email or call at +353-66-4029011.

Opening Hours

Mon-Sun- 9am-5pm

Admission Fee

costs €15 per adult

Contact Information

Address: Farranredmond, Dingle, Co. Kerry, Ireland

Phone: +353 86 777 5551 / +353-66-4029011


10. Hang out with locals in John Benny’s Pub

John Benny’s Pub is a local institution. It’s a place to eat, drink and to listen to live music for locals and even for visitors.

If you want to hang out and meet people, this is the place to be.

Opening Hours

Mon-Sat -8 am-11:30 pm

Sun- 8 am-12 am

Contact Information

Address; Strand St, Dingle, Co. Kerry, Ireland

Phone: +353 66 915 1215

11. Enjoy traditional Irish music in O’Flaherty’s Irish Pub

Music is a big part of Irish culture. Proof? Just look at the numbers of world-famous and award-winning Irish bands and musicians.

If you want to listen to traditional Irish music,  O’Flaherty’s Irish Pub offers a cozy environment for music lovers.

Opening Hours

Mon- Thu- 11am- 11:30 pm

Sunday- 12-11pm

Contact Information

Address: Bridge St, Dingle, Co. Kerry, Ireland

Phone: +353 66 915 1983

Enjoy the ocean and the water activities top the fun things to do in Dingle

The wild atlantic way Ireland

12. Swim in Inch Beach

Inch beach is a 5-km long sand spit jutting into the sea between the outer Dingle Bay and inner Castlemaine Harbour overlooking magnificent Iveragh and the main town.

Inch beach is a Blue Flag beach and it offers miles of golden sand and breathtaking scenery showcasing mountain, beach, valley and sea.

13. Visit the Blasket Islands

Over 1,100 acres of unspoiled largely mountainous terrain, the Great Blasket Island is approximately 4 miles long and 1/2 mile wide.

Home to abundant wildlife and fauna, the Great Blasket Island is thriving with Irish history and life.

The Great Blasket Island remains uninhabited today, but visitors can travel by ferry from Dunquin Harbour to this remote and wildly beautiful place.

You can spend several hours marveling at its natural beauty and what remains of years of human endeavor.

14. Go whale watching and also meet Fungi the dolphin

Dingle is also famous for dolphin and whale watching spots. Most tour companies will take you to the breathtaking cliffs below the Slea Head Drive and the towering Cathedral Rocks of Inis na Bro, where other animals such as sharks, seals, and migrating seabirds can also be seen.

Fungi is a wild Bottlenose Dolphin who is a resident of the entrance channel of Dingle Harbour and self-appointed “pilot” of the fleet due to the fact that Fungi always escort fishing boats to and from the port.

Fungi is known to interact playfully with swimmers, surfers, kayakers, and divers in the water.

15. Surf in Brandon Bay

Brandon Bay is a 6-km crescent-shaped bay with a multitude of different peaks scattered along its shoreline. It makes the best of most swells and while none are of any huge quality it can be commended for its consistency, especially in the summer months.

This gentle beach break surfing is perfect for beginners.

16. Sail around the islands

Dingle Bay is a superb sailing area with many sheltered anchorages, magnificent scenery and interesting islands. There is an abundance of seals, puffins and other wildlife to be encountered on your cruise around the bay and islands. 

There are several companies that offer private sailing tours in the town center and if you have the budget, this is one of the best coastline tours in town.

Learn the arts and history is also one of the top things to do in Dingle

Fahan Beehive hut Dingle

17. Visit the Fahan beehive huts

Visit the Fahan Beehive Huts of Dingle in Kerry and step into pre-historic Ireland.

They were built in the form of a circle of successive strata of stone, each stratum lying a little closer to the center than the one beneath.

No mortar was used to build these beehive huts by using the corbelling process. These huts dated back to the 12th century and they stand along the panoramic Slead Head drive.

Contact Information

Address: Fahan, Co. Kerry, Ireland

Phone: +353 87 925 4086

18. Visit Diseart

Diseart is a venerable stone chapel featuring historic stained glass windows & peaceful grounds. It is a Celtic cultural center and is known for its beautiful windows that depict the life of Christ. This was designed by the famous Harry Clarke.

Opening Hours

Mon-Fri- 9:30am-4:30pm

Saturday- 10:30 am-3:30 pm

Contact Information

Address: Green Street, Dingle, Co. Kerry, Ireland.

Phone: 353 66 9152476


19. Check out the Gallarus Oratory

The iconic Gallarus Oratory is located at the very western tip of the Dingle peninsula.

With its distinctive appearance, often referred to as resembling an upturned boat, the church is now a well-known tourist attraction in Dingle.

Constructed entirely out of locally sourced stone, the church is corbel-vaulted which is similar to the Fahan beehive huts.

Opening Hours

Mon-Sun- 9am -8pm

Contact Information

Address: Caherdorgan South, Dingle, Co. Kerry, V92 Y028, Ireland

Phone: +353 66 915 5333


20. Climb the hill going to the Eask Tower

The Eask Tower is a solid stone tower on the top of Carhoo Hill, over-looking Dingle harbor. Eask Tower was built in 1847 in order to guide the ships and boats into the mouth of the blind harbor.

The wooden hand pointing from the Tower guides the boats to their destination. It is a 4-mile hike but you will enjoy the view plus the castles and sheep in the area.

21. Peruse the artworks in Dingle Art Works

Dingle ArtWorks showcases the artworks of local talents in Dingle. If you want a lasting reminder of your trip to Dingle, you can purchase prints for a reasonable price.

Opening Hours

Mon-Sun 10:30 am-5:30 pm

Admission Fee

Items may be purchased from as little as 50c to €3000 and include many exclusive gift cards and of course works of art

Contact Information

Address: Green Street, Dingle, Co.Kerry, Ireland.

Phone: +353 66 915 2220


Burn your calorie off by sightseeing in Dingle town

22. Walk the Dingle Way

Lispole Railway Viaduct in Dingle

The Dingle Way is one of over 30 Irish long-distance walking trails. Situated in the south-west of Ireland, the walk completes a circuit of the Dingle Peninsula, starting and finishing in Tralee, the capital of Kerry.

The trail is 179km long but you don’t have to finish it because it will take more than a week.

It is, however, a good trail due to the diversity of different landscapes and the reason why Dingle Way is such a popular trail.

It never takes long before a turn in the path reveals a dramatic change of scenery.

23. Climb Mt Brandon

If you have time, take a hike in Mt Brandon and be rewarded with one of the most scenic hikes in Ireland.

The spectacular views from the summit of lakes will give you a 360-degree view of the Wild Atlantic Way coastline.

This 8.5 km hike takes about 5-6 hours and it’s considered moderate to strenuous hike.

Shopping is also one of the fun things to do in Dingle, Ireland


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24. Dingle Crystal

Crystalware is one of Dingle’s greatest products and Dingle Crystal is one of the most popular Crystal shops in town.

All of their crystalware is designed, cut and polished by hand, using traditional techniques.

With every step of the production process being carried out in Ireland, Dingle Crystal is a true embodiment of Irish craft.

Opening Time

Mon-Sat-10 am-6pm

Sunday- 10 am-4pm

Contact Information

Address: Green St, Dingle, Co. Kerry, Ireland

Phone: +353 66 915 1550


25. Tig Slea Head at Strand House

Tig Slea Head at Strand House is the longest established shop in Dingle and the best option for Irish goods.

Opening Hours

Mon-Sat -10 am-5pm

Sunday -11 am-5pm

Contact Information

Address: Strand House, Strand Street, Dingle, Co. Kerry, Ireland

Phone: +353 (0)66 915 2703


So I hope you enjoy these top things to do in Dingle, Ireland. Also, check out this list of Dingle Hotels for a comfortable stay!

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